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Re: Removing bash (Was: /etc/init.d/network is too simple?)

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On Sun, 18 Apr 1999 00:31:10 +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:

>Someone following the stable distribution should NEVER encounter such a
>situation. Someone who doesn't will take preparations to his liking (using
>toor+sash, or whatever).

    While I agree with the rest of your message, and I am on your side of
this discussion, I disagree here.  Never, ever say never.  Granted, someone
following stable should not encounter such a need for disaster recovery tools
because of a problem on Debian's side, they will (not maybe, but will) at
some point need such tools for their own foolishness, power outages/spikes
nailing just the right sector, disks failing, etc.

    Uhm, did I ever tell you about the time that I fucked up a FreeBSD
2.2-STABLE machine?  Sucker was stable as a rock, we never needed to upgrade
it and FreeBSD 3.0-STABLE was out, so it had been a while.  Anyway, I was
working on a backup script that mounted drives, tar'd them, unmounted.  In
having some problem with one of the commands I tried it on the command line. 
It worked, I CD'd the directory that the tars were going to and "rm -rf ." 
You can see it coming...  Wrong directory.  I was rm'ing the mounted root
drive.  *MY* mistake which took a rock-solid system to its knees and force
the need of disaster recovery tools in place.  If I, with 5+ years of unix
experience, could make that fubar mistake, others can to.  :)

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